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Opponents in U.S., Cuba celebrate Castro's death

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 01:15

In Miami and Havana, political opponents of Fidel Castro mark his death in different ways, but with the same feelings. Diane Hodges reports.

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(CARS HONKING HORNS) In Miami, there was celebration, when it was announced that long-time Cuban leader, Fidel Castro was dead. Cuban-Americans who opposed Castro marked the occasion with music and dancing. Political dissidents in Havana received the news more quietly, but shared the same feelings, according to Antonio Rodiles. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN DISSIDENT COORDINATOR SATS PROJECT, ANTONIO RODILES, SAYING: "He was a symbol for the whole regime. But in the end that will have to pass, this moment, and and we will see that this system is exhausted and will die just like Fidel Castro." Dissident Eliecer Avila said it's not clear what effect Castro's death will have on the country. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN DISSIDENT, AND LEADER OF THE "WE ARE THE OPPOSITION+", ELIECER AVILA, SAYING: "The immense majority of the Cuban people feel an uncertainty about this future. Still, I think that is a moment for a great goodbye and a great hug." Back in Miami, Felipe Saenz is also looking to the future. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FELIPE SAENZ, CUBAN-AMERICAN, SAYING: "I would be happy once the system goes down. No Castro, no anybody, when Cuba is free. That is when I am going to be happy." (PICTURE OF AMERICAN FLAG) Until then, Cuban-Americans will live under this flag... (PICTURE OF CUBAN FLAG) ...and wave this one.

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Opponents in U.S., Cuba celebrate Castro's death

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 01:15